By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Several minor traffic crashes were investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol on Thursday and Friday.
According to patrol reports, a school bus from North Shelby School District was pushed off Mo. 15 about a half mile north of Shelbyville at 10:15 a.m. Thursday. Gregory Linberger, 44, of Shelbyville was driving the 2009 Bluebird bus that turned on its side.
Christian Coale, 11, was hurt in the crash and was taken by Salt River Ambulance to Samaritan Hospital in Macon, Mo.
Sheila Lorenson, 49, of Philadelphia, Mo., was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital after a one-vehicle crash on Route Z about 4 miles north of Monroe City at 7:40 p.m. Thursday. Troopers report that Kevin Douglas, 51, of Philadelphia was driving a 2006 Chevy Uplander in which Lorenson was riding. Douglas lost control on an icy road. The vehicle crossed the center line, ran off the left side of the road and struck a fence post.
At 11:40 a.m. Friday, a car and train collided in Monroe City.
According to patrol reports, Robert Shoemaker, 84, of Monroe City was driving a 2009 Hyundai Sonata and failed to yield at a railroad crossing. A 1987 GE Train owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe struck the vehicle.
There was extensive damage to the Sonata and minor damage to the train.
Shoemaker was wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries. A passenger in his vehicle, Michelle Long, 47, of Monroe City was not wearing a seat belt and suffered moderate injuries. Both were taken by Monroe County Ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital.
Patrol reports indicate the flashing lights and signal bells were operational at the intersection when the crash occurred.